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Location South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
Central coordinates 28o 50.00' East  30o 20.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 5,050 ha
Altitude 1,500 - 2,066m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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Site description Matatiele town is situated in the most westerly part of southern KwaZulu-Natal and is bordered in the north, west and south by the Eastern Cape. A notable feature of the landscape is the wide valley, the Cedarville Flats, which runs from east to west. The valley is flanked to the north by the Drakensberg and to the south by high-lying ground, which rises above 2,000 m. Matatiele Commonage lies due south of Matatiele town, and abuts directly onto it. Most of the site is pure grassland, transitional between highland sourveld and Cymbopogon-Themeda veld. Some of the higher ridges and spurs bear a sparse Protea woodland, and sheltered drainage lines and rocky areas, protected from fire, have scrub.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Black Harrier Circus maurus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Rudd's Lark Heteromirafra ruddi resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Drakensberg Rockjumper Chaetops aurantius resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Least Concern 
Buff-streaked Chat Oenanthe bifasciata resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Gurney's Sugarbird Promerops gurneyi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-breasted Pipit Anthus chloris resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Mountain Pipit Anthus hoeschi resident  1998  present  A1, A2  Least Concern 
Drakensberg Siskin Serinus symonsi resident  1998  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland)   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
nature conservation and research 100%

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Matatiele Nature Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/07/2014

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